Capital of England – London is a global transportation hub as it is a major tourist destination. The city has a well organized transport structure that includes Croydon Tramlink, London Underground popularly known as “Tube” in London, London Buses, River services and Docklands Light railway. There are numerous international airports in London which includes the world’s busiest airport – Heathrow. London also has a sea port. Rail and Bus networks in London are well developed. It offers efficient and frequent services within London and also easily accessible to the rest of the England. All the airports in London are easily accessible by buses and tubes. Car rental companies offer cheap and luxurious cars that can be rented from every airport.
It hosts various intense and extensive public and private transport networks internally and also has an urban national railway and road network. Londoners have a love- hate relationship with London’s Transport. They believe that there system is worse than the New York subway, but without a doubt it is one of the best and the largest network of the world. Let’s be familiar with some of the major means of transports in London through a brief description of all as under -:
London’s underground commonly known as Tube is the world’s oldest and the most pervasive metro system. With 275 stations widely spread in the city, a traveler is never far from a tube station no matter in which part of the city he is. Underground carries more than 3 million passengers every day. Trains are available after every few minutes on all the lines. All the tube stations are designed with an ascetic interior and have a divergent space age look. Victoria and Waterloo are some renowned Tube stations. Luxurious and affordable accommodations are generally available near all the Tube Stations. Tourists are recommended to travel by tubes as it offers a quick service.
Buses in London cater chiefly for local journeys. It is the most comprehensive and largest bus network in the world. There are more than 6800 Floor level buses running on over 700 routes and carrying about six million passengers. Tourists can travel in almost every part of London through bus. Nowadays up gradation in London’s bus network have resulted in considerable increase in its usage. It provides easy access to town centre, centers’ of employment and underground stations and thus plays a crucial role in London’s transport system. The bus fares are cheap and the service is convenient and comfortable.
Other Modes of Transport
Light- rail local transport, commonly known as Docklands Light Railway is also well developed transport system especially in East London. On the other hand London Car – hire is also an eminent road transport. Rental car centers are often found near the London airports. In London car hire has emerged as a competitive sector as it offers door service at a very cheap rent. Specially designed hackney carriages popularly known as London black cabs are also commonly used in the city. Tram system in London is the largest in the world. Priority seats for disabled and elderly passengers are available in each section of the tram. Public transport on Thames River is managed by London River Service. It regulates a large number of leisure cruises and a small network of river bus commuter service on the river.
Stansted, Heathrow, Luton and Gatwick are some well known Airports in London city. Amongst which Heathrow is the busiest and considered as a hub of aviation world. More than 150 million passengers use these airports every year. Luton on the other hand is a major economic driver of the regional economy. Gatwick and Heathrow offer long-haul, Domestic and European Flights. Low cost services are host by Luton and Stanstead. London’s most luxurious Hotels are located near the airports which are comfortable and convenient for the passengers on business or leisure trips. The facility of Black cabs and rental cars are available on all the airports in the city.
Therefore the fluent and distinct Transport System of London, on a great extent, inspires the tourism industry in London to flourish.